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5. Passport You will need to mail in a certified copy of your marriage license along with an application to appropriate passport center. You can obtain copies of this application from your local post office. If you are not renewing passport (name change only), there should be no charge. You will get same passport back, with a stamp in back with your new name. If you are also renewing passport, then there will be a fee, but you will get a new passport with your new name on it.
6. Local government offices In addition to notifying state and federal governments (which you have done in steps #2 and #3), you should call your local town or county office to notify them of your name change. Since their systems do not always get data from regional and national systems, it is best to make sure you have everything covered.
7. Employer Be sure to tell your employer of your name change, since it is important that your benefits and taxes are reported properly. Some employers will change name with no documentation, but others will need to see certified copy of marriage license.
8. Business documents If you own your own business (like I do), then you need to make sure that all business documents and correspondence gets updated with your new name. This includes business bank accounts, credit cards, letterheads, email addresses, etc.
9. Bills and other statements With most utilities, like cable, electricity, phone, etc., you can either change your name online with no documentation required, or make a quick phone call to customer service department.
If you feel like this list is a bit overwhelming, then just make sure you get through first three steps. They require most time investment, so get them out of way first. After that, just pace yourself, and youíll get rest done with ease.
Rachel Greenberg has a background in business and finance, and she received her MBA from Duke University in 1999. She writes fun and informative pieces for her website http://www.bargainfamily.com, which she created with her husband Lee. The website provides advice and recommendations for families on various products and services for their homes, lives, and businesses.